From the Superintendent
April 19, 2016
Ohio’s system of supporting people with developmental disabilities is undergoing a time of significant changes that impact people with disabilities, their families, and the organizations that support them. To proactively position ourselves to continue to provide the highest quality services and supports while responding to these changes, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services has engaged in a range of planning activities.
One of these activities is the formation of a study group on the future of DD Services-operated schools. The study group is tasked with recommending two or three potential future scenarios and will conduct an analysis of the fiscal, legal, and philosophical implications of each scenario. The study group will then provide a report to the agency’s Board of Directors for any final decisions.
Family members and staff from Bobbie B. Fairfax and Margaret B. Rost schools, as well as representatives from other schools and organizations serving youth and young adults with significant disabilities in Hamilton County have been asked to be part of this group. This diverse group will begin meeting next month and will allow for many voices to be heard.
I, along with key members of the DDS leadership team and the principals and assistant principals of Rost and Fairfax schools, will attend each session. An independent facilitator will guide the planning process and help assure that all perspectives are considered.
We have a responsibility to students and their families to ensure we’re supporting students with disabilities in Hamilton County in the best way possible. We’re also committed to transparency, and as the study group meets, we will provide updates and meeting summaries online so anyone can follow along with the study group’s progress.
We look forward to this opportunity to thoughtfully consider the future of the HCDDS-operated schools and to listen and learn from those who have a stake in the future of Hamilton County DD Services.
Alice C. Pavey